What is wlmail.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the wlmail.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Wlmail.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wlmail
Wlmail.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Windows Live Mail belongs to software Windows Live Mail by Microsoft (

Description: Wlmail.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Wlmail.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 92,024 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 102,088 bytes and 9 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. The wlmail.exe file is digitally signed. Wlmail.exe is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Wlmail.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 6% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with wlmail.exe, you can do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as wlmail.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the wlmail.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

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It is running with a box inthecenter of my screen -- "Importing Accounts from Windows Mail" It has a box but no UI -- no controls, no way to stop it. I am afraid to us ask manager. It has a bxo but does not appear in TM Applications.

Summary: Average user rating of wlmail.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. 3 users think wlmail.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving wlmail issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with wlmail. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the wlmail.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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